Sparganum | definition of sparganum by Medical dictionary
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sparganum [spahr´gah-num] (Gr.)
Originally described as a genus, but now restricted to the plerocercoid stage of certain tapeworms.
[G. sparganon, a swathing band, fr. spargō, to swathe]
sparganum /spar·ga·num/ (spahr´gah-num) pl. spar´gana [Gr.] the larval stage of certain tapeworms, especially of the genera Diphyllobothrium and Spirometra; see also sparganosis. Also, a genus name applied to such larvae, usually when the adult stage is unknown.
[Gr.] a migrating plerocercoid of a tapeworm. Usually refers specifically to larvae of spirometra
. Causes sparganosis
in humans and pigs.